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SHAKER COMMUNITIES, SHAKER LIVES., Brewer, Priscilla J.

Author Name    Brewer, Priscilla J.

Title   SHAKER COMMUNITIES, SHAKER LIVES.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Hanover, NH University Press of New England 1986

ISBN Number    0874513626 / 9780874513622

Seller ID   27296

273 pp, large 8vo (89 1/4" H). B&w photographs, tables. "Athough we know much about Shaker furniture, dance, textiles, and various artifacts, few books tell us about the Shakers as real people and the inner social workings of their sect. Who were the Shakers? What were their social, economic, and religious backgrounds? Why did they join this celibate, communal sect, and why did some leave while others stayed? What did they think of life inside the communities and the rapidly changing world outside? And, perhaps most important, when and why did the sect begin to decline, and how did Believers adjust to this decline? These are some of the questions Priscilla Brewer addresses in this engaging social history. Her highly readable general introduction to the Shakers challenges basic assumptions about the timing and reasons for the group's decline. Brewer studies the Shaker movement from its founding in 1774 to its last major public statement in 1904, restricting her work to the eleven Shaker communities in eastern New York and New England. (She) provides an inside look at Shaker life by recounting the group's social organization, the occupational roles of its members, the composition of its communities, and the operation of the Shaker hierarchy. Far from being a dry, sociological study, this book is filled with anecdotes and revealing stories related by the Shakers through the many writings they left behind." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny foxing mark on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear and light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight fading to spine color.

Shakers,  Sects,  New  Lebanon,  Apostasy,  Apostates,  Giles  Avery,  Behavior,  Rufus  Bishop,  Ebenezer,  Job,  Elisha  Blackman,  Cassandana  Brewster,  Celibacy,  Children,  Henry  Clough,  Communalism,  Confession,  Converts,  Thomas  Damon,  Dance,  Deacons,  Deaconesses,  Demographics,  William  Hepworth  Dixon,  Economics,  Elders,  Elderesses,  Hervey  Elkins,  Frederick  Evans,  Gifts,  Goodrich,  Calvin  Green,  Inspired  Instruments,  Hannah  Kendall,  Kinship  Networks,  Leadership,  Lead  Ministry,  Ann  Lee,  Marriage,  Missionary  Activity,  Mother's  Work,  Obedience,  Ephraim  Prentiss,  Prosperity,  Publications,  Eleaser  Rand,  Reform,  Relations,  Rules,  Revivals,  Sexes,  Spirit  Manifestations,  Spiritualists,  Philemon  Stewart,  Travels,  Trustees,  Visions,  Vegetarianism,  Freegift  Wells,  Seth,  James  Whittaker,  Women,  Worldliness. 

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